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Today's News

  • Ohioans jailed on marijuana, other charges

    An alleged out of state drug trafficker was arrested in Rockwood Thursday.

    Police charged Ashley Nichole Bragdon with being a fugitive from justice, criminal impersonation, driving on a suspended license and manufacture, delivery or sell of marijuana.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Brandon Smith observed a gray Honda driving erratic on South Gateway Avenue. Smith stopped the car at Tedder Street and Front Avenue.

  • Rockwood borrowing for grant flexibility

    A resolution that passed the Rockwood City Council unanimously last week will give the city more cash flow flexibility when dealing with grant funding.

    Currently the city is in line to receive a number of grants totaling up to about $2.7 million that require matching funds.

    “We’re working on three grants right now,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

    For example, a sidewalk project might be billed $25,000. The city would borrow the money to pay the bill and then submit the paperwork for reimbursement to the state.

  • CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS 2017

    Guests at the 71st annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce Banquet celebrated the presentation of Chamber awards and graduation of the Leadership Roane County class of 2017.

    More than 250 attended the event in Rockwood’s Walden Ridge Event Center.

    The honoring of outstanding Chamber members was the highlight of the night, particularly significant being the Paul Cowell Distinguished Service Award.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Make Rockwood’s High School Great Again!

    Gentle reader, we read, as we suspect you did also, Mr. Paul Kamikawa’s letter published in last Friday’s News, written, he says, in response to our recent articles, particularly as to Rockwood High School’s status in general, and ACT score performance in particular.

  • AND THE BAND PLAYED ON
  • Driver stuck on tracks charged with DUI

    A 30-year-old man allegedly got his car stuck on the railroad tracks in Rockwood when he attempted to drive around a stopped Norfolk Southern train Saturday morning.

    Police responded and charged Cody Lee Galyon, 418 New Hope Road, Rockwood, with driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license, reckless endangerment and implied consent law.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich responded to the tracks around 1 a.m.

  • LeMond settles in Jacksons’ lawsuit

    Carbon fiber expert Connie Jackson and her husband Jeffrey Jackson have settled their lawsuit against Greg LeMond, LeMond Companies, LeMond Composites, Nicolas Wegener and Alex Jacome.

  • Harrison’s closing after 57 years in business

    One of Roane County’s oldest businesses will be shutting its doors for good.

    Harrison’s Sporting Goods in Midtown is closing after 57 years in business.

    “I’ve been here since they opened,” said T.F. Harrison, whose father, Ed, opened Harrison’s Sporting Goods in January 1960.

  • Harriman may use old RMC building

    Harriman City Council started discussing moving city offices into the vacant Harriman Hospital building last fall, even taking a tour to discuss what needed to be done with the structure.

    They may take a step toward that direction if they approve having a study done to look at feasibility of renovating and a reuse plan for the building by the firm Lawler Wood.

    Finding a use for the hospital was on everyone’s minds at the strategic planning meeting last week, and Councilman Chris Ahler said it is one of the big issues for the future.

  • Schools sued over alleged Midway rape

    A lawsuit filed in Roane County Circuit Court this week seeks at least $4.5 million in damages from Roane County Schools and a janitorial contractor in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a minor student at Midway High School.

    The suit, filed by the parents of the minor, alleges Jessica E. Galyon, a resident of Loudon and an employee of janitorial contractor Compass One Services of Chesterbrook, Pa., sexually assaulted the student on the Midway campus in September 2016.